ADAMS, John Quincy (1767-1848). An Eulogy on the Life and Character of James Madison, Fourth President of the United States. Boston: John H. Eastburn, 1836.
8vo. Original green printed wrappers, stabbed and sewn, hand-lettered on spine (a few small spots or stains, chipping with minor losses to spine ends, upper corner lower wrapper torn away with loss); green cloth folding case. Provenance: Josiah Quincy Jr. (1802-1882) Mayor of Boston (gift inscription to); Daniel Pinckney Parker (1781-1850) Boston merchant, shipbuilder and businessman; Henry Tuke Parker (1824-1890) member of the Royal Geographical Society (signature); John W. Hancock (20th-century bookplate); Perra S. Bell (signature).
FIRST EDITION. Josiah Quincy Jr. was President of the City Council of Boston when the invitation was extended to John Quincy Adams to deliver a eulogy in memory of James Madison. In his eulogy, Adams comments: "...the natural rights of mankind found efficient defenders in James Otis, Patrick Henry, John Dickinson, Josiah Quincy, Benjamin Franklin, Arthur Lee and numerous other writers" (p.8), likely referring to Josiah Quincy Jr.'s great grandfather, a colonel during the American Revolution. Sabin 278. RARE: according to online records, no copies of this work have sold at auction in the last 25 years.
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